NRG/California Energy Commission Hearings

by The Editors on January 28, 2010


On February 1-4, 2010 the citizens of Carlsbadistan will have the chance to speak out regarding NRG West’s plans for a 550-mega watt power plant on the shores of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. According to Power of Vision Carlsbad, here are a few of the reasons why a new power plant just might be a bad idea:

• Huge carbon footprint
• 10 times increase in air pollution
• 40 more years harnessed with fossil fuel-burning technology
• Economics hardship for tourism industry
• Major safety concerns cited with I-5 expansion
• Industrialization of coastal lands
• Long Beach or La Jolla? You decide
• Noise impact as loud as jet engines
• Will make Carlsbad industrial epicenter
• No contract with SDG&E
• Two power plants • Decreases property values

The hearings will be held in the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom Building at 6450 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbadistan:

Monday, February 1, 2010; 10:30am, Public comment period begins at 6:00pm
Tuesday, February 2, 2010; 9:00am, Public comment period begins at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2010; 9:00am, Public comment period at 6:00p.m. if necessary
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 9:00a.m.

Might as well show up and let them know how you feel about it.

[Link: Power of Vision]

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon Wantz January 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I truly hope that Carlsbad can make it’s feelings known next week. It is extremely important that we show the State of California and NRG that we won’t just lay down and let this happen quietly.

It would be a great thing if we could get a couple hundred people to show up!

Jon Wantz
Candidate for Carlsbad City Council 2010

Regis January 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Carlsbad is a modern city in a modern world. You all use lots of electricity for everything we do. Remember a few months ago when we had a 12-hour blackout?
You NIMBYs all take electrical power for granted and only complain if you have to pay for it. Carlsbad should do their share for the infrastructure. Do you really want more condos in that area?
I’m not too thrilled about it being a gas burner, though. You’re right about the Carbon. It should be a nuke!

Scott January 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

Don’t believe everything you hear. There are a lot of lies and deception swirling around this story. Do your own homework and don’t depend on the crap you read in the news….Get the facts before you decide….Don’t let the whako’s feed you their self serving agenda….

Lou January 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Regis, I’m not sure if you are aware but the plan for this power plant is not even to provide power for Carlsbad. As a matter of fact, there is no agreement with SDG&E, so we will be hosting a plant that will be sending power to LA and everywhere else, and we may not use a single watt of what it produces. Furthermore, there are good arguments for not placing it where they want. This plant is not water-cooled but is air-cooled, and therefore does not need to be placed on our beautiful coastline. It can be placed inland, in the industrial areas of Carlsbad. Sure, it might be a little cheaper for them to tie into the existing infrastructure there on the coast, but for something that will taint that section of the coastline for decades to come, I feel it is not even remotely worth whatever cost savings there may be. If we can place it inland, then when the old plant gets torn down at the end of its life, we can use that coastline for much nicer purposes, and it’s basically win-win for everyone.

carlsbadisbeige February 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Not right here. Not right now.

There are too many reasons to put this somewhere else—easily.

And considering Carlsbad gets no benefit from the extra power, and all the downside, we have all the reason in the world to oppose this.

carlsbadisbeige February 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Thanks for all the locals showed up and spoke out against the needless expansion of blight on the beach. The majority seemed to be against it. No thanks to the Southern California Edison employees, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce or the retirees from Oceanside who all think that more power plants in Carlsbad is a great idea. If it’s so great– you can have it where you live.

Regis February 5, 2010 at 3:40 am

Tose Edison employees are you neighbors. They appreciate the need for electricity and the responsibility to make it. They also don’t see the plant as blight, but as a landmark.

Tony Riggs February 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

It’s a sad day when Carlsbad is no longer a “community” but a dumping ground for big city developers, east coast burnout transplants with fat wallets, worried about their property values, corrupt city officials and Prius chanting NIMBY’s

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